WHAT EXACTLY IS AN IRISH HOOLEY?
The Old First Ward in Buffalo, New York has a deep-rooted, vibrant, and thriving Irish community. Few American cities rival Western New York in this regard. Finally Buffalo Riverworks will host an event that fully embodies and embraces the Irish immigrant experience on the Buffalo waterfront. Hooley on the River, taking place Saturday July 22nd rain or shine at Buffalo Riverworks, promises a genuine and engaging Irish experience on the banks of the Buffalo River that you won’t want to miss.
Just what is a hooley? A hooley is day of festivities centered around dancing, singing, and general merriment in the traditional Irish fashion. Some say the very soul of Ireland is expressed most perfectly is the joyous exuberance of her traditional dances. Others pine for the melodies and spring of the unmistakable music. But still more find that Irish identity is found intertwined in folk stories, which will be told for all to enjoy.
No matter what your favorite part of Irish culture is, we assure you that your friends and family will say “go raibh maith agat” or thank you, for taking them down to Buffalo Riverworks to enjoy continuous traditional Irish songs, dances, and storytelling. From 12pm to 10pm, you have the opportunity to witness a most memorable display of the ocean-spanning culture of Ireland, amidst the industrial blue collar ambiance of Buffalo Riverworks.
Buffalo Riverworks has partnered with the Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy schools to donate 100% of the net proceeds equally both organizations. We are dedicated to developing our local youth. Irish eyes will be smiling on you for supporting children’s education right here in Western New York. Not only will you be supporting a worthy cause but ticket buyers are also entered to win the Labatt Blue Contest for Two! The winner will receive a custom Labatt Blue canoe, a night’s stay in a suite with a river view for two at the Lofts on Pearl, and dinner for at the The Ward for…you guessed it, two! No purchase is necessary to enter however, just fill out the form!
If that’s not already enough, Buffalo Riverworks also invites you aboard the world’s oldest active fireboat, the Edward M. Cotter which will be making an exclusive appearance. The one hundred and seventeen year old fireboat is capable of pumping 15,000 gallons of Lake Erie water a minute. It is one of three operational fireboats on the Great Lakes. Don’t miss your chance to take a tour on this floating U.S. National Historic Landmark.
About Riverworks: The city’s newest premier waterfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River. Our massive waterfront complex is a true destination for skating, hockey, curling & concerts with dining, bars & concessions. Riverworks is Western New York’s backyard and it’s open year round.